Year : 2014  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 408-411

Radiofrequency ablation of stellate ganglion in a patient with complex regional pain syndrome

1 Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, Institute of Neurosciences Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Neuroanesthesiology and Pain Medicine, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Nilay Chatterjee
NFQ B-10, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Faculty Quarters, Kumarapuram, Poonthi Road, Medical College, PO, Trivandrum - 695011, Kerala
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-354X.136636

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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is characterized by a combination of sensory, motor, vasomotor, pseudomotor dysfunctions and trophic signs. We describe the use of radiofrequency (RF) ablation of Stellate ganglion (SG) under fluoroscopy, for long-term suppression of sympathetic nervous system, in a patient having CRPS-not otherwise specified. Although the effects of thermal RF neurolysis may be partial or temporary, they may promote better conditions toward rehabilitation. The beneficial effect obtained by the RF neurolysis of SG in this particular patient strongly advocates the use of this mode of therapy in patients with CRPS.

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